Quebec reports 33 more coronavirus deaths amid uptick in cases, hospitalizations

Quebec is reporting 1,029 new cases and 33 additional deaths linked to the novel coronavirus Wednesday as the health crisis continues.

The province says eight of the fatalities attributed to COVID-19 occurred in the last 24 hours. Sixteen deaths occurred between Oct. 28 and Nov. 2, while seven took place before Oct. 28. Two occurred at an unknown date.

Health Minister Christian Dubé addressed the uptick in deaths on social media and asked Quebecers to continue respecting public health measures.

“We must continue our collective efforts to bring down the number of cases and limit the number of victims,” he wrote.

The caseload now stands at 109,918, while more than 94,000 recoveries have been reported.

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The pandemic has led to the deaths of 6,350 Quebecers to date.

As of Wednesday, the number of patients in hospital reached 539 after an increase of 13. Of them, four fewer people are in intensive care for a total of 81.

Health authorities say the latest information shows 20,299 tests were carried out Monday. The province has administered more than three million tests to date.

On Wednesday, Quebec Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbault threatened to fine restaurant owners who defy the province’s partial lockdown orders that shut dining areas in designated red zones.

She says the government adopted a decree last week allowing police to fine customers found in businesses that had been ordered closed.

“If you are in a red zone, it’s prohibited,” she said Thursday.

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With files from the Canadian Press

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